Singer Katherine Jenkins has said she is "incredibly humbled" to be awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours.
The 33-year-old has been included not only for her contribution to music but also her services to charity, and said she shared the award with the organisations with which she has worked.
The Neath-born mezzo-soprano has had a string of popular releases – with ten albums since making her recording debut in 2004. They have also included two winners of the best album prize at the Classic Brits.
She said: "I am incredibly humbled to receive this great honour."
Jenkins proved herself to be a talented chorister while at school, winning a number of awards and eventually going on to achieve a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. After her studies she worked as a singing teacher, tour guide and model until landing a deal with Universal music.
Away from singing, the forces' sweetheart also found a new audience and fan base in the US when she took part in Dancing With The Stars, the US version of Strictly Come Dancing, coming runner-up in 2012.